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Steve Tesch is the Executive Associate Dean and Associate Director of the Forest Research Laboratory at the OSU College of Forestry.
Steve, who came to OSU from the University of Montana in 1981, has more than 30 years of experience as an academic leader, teacher, scientist, and outreach educator.
He is currently a Professor of Silviculture in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. He served as the head of the Forest Engineering Department at OSU for 12 years, an academic unit with a strong global reputation for its faculty, programs, and graduates, and now an integral part of the new Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. As department head, he worked with faculty and stakeholders to develop a new degree program in Forest Operations Management. He was instrumental in the accreditation of the Forest Engineering and Forest Engineering-Civil Engineering degrees by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology. This created a pathway to professional licensure for graduates. His efforts at generating private support for the department led to four endowed faculty positions and new graduate fellowship endowments, enabling the department to lead OSU in private support for its graduate students.